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Thanksgiving Thoughts

Sunday, October 13, 2013

It's Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, and of course our newspapers are full of Thanksgiving related features.

One in the Globe and Mail on "the science of gluttony" (not in the on-line edition) says that "overeating for even brief periods of time can have permanent effects on body composition": a four week binge can result in higher weight and higher LDL cholesterol a full year later.

Another in the National Post (also unavailable on-line) offers the somewhat contradictory advice that the physiological effects of intentional gratitude outstrip many of the ("minor") effects of short-term indulgence!!

So who knows? With a resident vegan and an absent carnivore, there will be a small portion of pre-stuffed turkey breast (not an actual turkey) this time around -- plus moderate portions of wild rice and seasonal veggies, and just a sliver of apple pie for me, all tracked and within my calorie range. But with heaping helpings of gratitude too. Yeah. Seconds on that, maybe thirds.

Playing off all the angles, right?

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  • KANOE10
    Hope your Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful. I was re-reading Refuse to Regain and think her comments about society's instant gratification mode are right on. You are in the adolescent mode when you want instant gratification and do not think of the long term effects!
    1652 days ago
    Just read your profile - thanks for helping me see that the long road is worth it
    1652 days ago
    Here's to those heaping helpings of gratitude!
    1653 days ago
    Sounds like a Thanksgiving worthy of many thanks! :-)

    1654 days ago
  • DALID414
    It's never been about the food at my house. Having Mexican parents who didn't 'get it' helped. I usually eat more of the 'side' dishes, it's hard to make bad veggies.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    1654 days ago
    Yes, Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I how you enjoyed every minute. I'm sure you have some really good substitutes for high calorie alternatives. I just shared a nice bowl of oatmeal for dinner with my Hubs.... yum .. One of my favorites any time of day.

    I am thankful for your friendship. Your support is always so appreciated. You're a special lady. Blessings on your holiday weekend albeit winding down.....
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    1654 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving, Ellen! Enjoy!! You do it RIGHT!!!
    1654 days ago
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I too wonder when the "thanks" left Thanksgiving and was replaced by gluttony. Isn't it good to get back to the roots of the holiday?!?
    1654 days ago
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving day tomorrow! You are such a good example of self-control in the area of food!
    1654 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1654 days ago
    Yeah, I don't know when Thanksgiving went from gratitude to gluttony - but it can definitely be a healthful meal surrounded by friends and family!

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    1654 days ago
    And you have much to be thankful for!
    1654 days ago
    Isn't it great that gratitude is calorie free? I'll take second and thirds too. emoticon
    1654 days ago
    First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! And way to keep things reasonable.

    Wow, I never would have thought that our indulgences could come back to bite us so long after the fact. Definitely something to keep in mind and be mindful of!
    1654 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Love (not) all the hype the media does to infuse confusion.
    Ellen you are the voice of reason.

    1654 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Happy Thanksgiving Ellen!
    Sure do need the reminder not to binge! Mom does give me care packages that I can eat on throughout the week. My biggest weakness is the dressing, love it too much :( Mom puts fruit, rice and cranberries in it :)
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    1654 days ago
    I can see the difference between one Thanksgiving Day of overindulgence vs a 4 week binge. Your body can compensate for a little while but eventually will be overwhelmed. It's important to turn things around before they get too far out of hand.
    1654 days ago
    I can see a little truth in both articles. Perhaps the key is to indulge but within moderation, if possible. That way you get the positive physiological effects without the negative medical effects. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.
    1654 days ago
    Wow: "a four week binge can result in higher LDL cholesterol a full year later. "

    I may actually be seeing the effects of this in my most recent lab work... I had that slip last Winter, and this year the doctor says my cholesterol levels are rising despite everything I'm doing now! Hmmmm... bears thinking.

    We all know how hard it is to control behavior based on an invisible fear like "higher cholesterol" (or blood pressure, or whatever). But at some point we all have to make decisions about long term versus short term.
    1654 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving Ellen!
    1654 days ago
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